Introduction: How to Put a Stapler in Jello

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As a big fan of The Office, I wanted to take the classic Stapler-In-Jello prank and re-create it for April Fools Day. Not only is this prank easy and cheap, but you're bound to get some bonus laughs from other people who follow this show.

Step 1: Gather Materials

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Here at the Lab we have access to a full kitchen, so I was able to easily execute this prank on-site. If your office doesn't have a stove (or another way to heat up water) and a refrigerator, it might be best to make the jello at home and bring it in.

You will need:
  • Lots of Jello. I'm talking at least a dozen boxes; I ended up using 16. Trust me. After 4 attempts at this (for you, folks) I can say that you will need an absurd amount of Jello. We're up-ing the density here, so keep in mind that depending on the flavor you choose it might come out a bit opaque. Feel free to experiment by mixing in some "clear" Knox gelatin, or playing around with food coloring.
  • Bowl, tupperware, bunt cake pan, etc. to put the Jello in - Make sure it's deep enough for your object.
  • Stapler, or whatever other object you want to suspend
Note: as is true with all pranks, try and skirt that line between funny and mean. Don't put anything in the Jello that could be damaged, or that the recipient would be seriously upset about. This includes electronics, important papers, sentimental get the idea.

There are 2 approaches to suspending your object in the center of the Jello. First, you can fill your mold up halfway, allow that Jello to cool, place in your object, and then cover with another round of Jello to cool again. This method takes time, and an amount of patience that I don't have.

I opted for the 1-Jello-step process, and created a kind of hammock for my stapler, so I only needed to make the Jello once. For this method, you should also have:
  • Duct tape (lots)
  • Waxed floss

Step 2: Optional: Create Suspension for Stapler

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If we want to make getting this stapler out as difficult and messy as possible - we need it to be entirely surrounded by Jello.

To create the suspension for the stapler, cut a few pieces of dental floss that are long enough to wrap around your mold. Tape these securely along the sides, allowing a bit of a sag so the stapler will not be touching any of the container's edges. Be sure only to tape the outside of your mold.  This step takes some time and patience (and perhaps the help of some other accomplices), so hang in there. 

Place stapler in upside down so that when your Jello is hardened and you flip it over, the stapler will be right side up.

Step 3: Make Jello

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We're making some dense Jello here, so it's best to approach this from a different angle than the traditional directions on the box. 

First fill up your mold completely with water. Pour half of this in another container to keep cool, and place to the side. Pour the other half into a large pot and heat to a boil. Once it's boiling, remove from heat, and pour in all of your Jello packets. Stir until it's completely dissolved (at least 2 minutes), and then pour in that cold water you set to the side. 

Once it's all mixed, pour over your suspended-stapler-and-container, and place in the fridge.

Step 4: Wait

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It should take at least 4 hours to harden. Maybe take this time to catch up on some episodes of The Office and laugh along with Jim as he pulls some other clever pranks on Dwight. Or just laugh at Dwight.

Step 5: Prank!

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After some time has passed, and you're satisfied with your Jello's firmness, remove from the fridge.

If you created a hammock for your stapler, cut the floss pieces from the side of the Jello. You can then easily (but still gently) tug at the floss to remove it from the Jello with only a couple of bubbles remaining. Your prankee will never know.

Place the plate (or whatever other serving platter you had in mind) on top of your mold and flip. This is a delicate step, as it can be hard to maintain the structure of the Jello as it comes out of the mold - but if all goes well your final product should look great!

Now, go hide that Jello stapler in your unsuspecting co-worker's desk drawer, and get ready for some laughs.



InesR7 (author)2017-12-13

I plan on doing this with a coffee mug, will it have the same effect?

sunxiahine (author)2014-10-28

The British Office was awful. All it consisted of was awkward silences and the sound of Gareth being bullied by everyone.

AdamD190 (author)sunxiahine2017-04-18

I fear you may have missed the point somewhat.

RandomizeT (author)2016-03-30

I plan to do it all, Stapler pen holder and more + airhorn on chair!

The cloud 1808 (author)2016-03-29

I love when Jim puts Dwight calculator in jello so funny I tried to prank me teacher by putting her charger in jello it didn't work

Yonatan24 (author)2015-11-03

But why would you want to do this?

BenP57 (author)Yonatan242016-03-14

Come on Dwight, it's just a joke! xD

Yonatan24 (author)BenP572016-03-15

But it's not that funny...

Pranks are supposed to be funny

M.C. Langer (author)2013-06-27

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I love it! Welcome back, Karen! :-)

tinyweasel (author)2013-03-31

This prank was originally done by Tim to Gareth in the original The Office. Would be great if people watched that too and appreciated the originators of that humour.

Arghus (author)2013-03-30

i would make a smaller black jelly , stapler shaped once solid put it in the clear jelly so you can eat the whole lot

jimdkc (author)2013-03-30

Wipe the inside of the bowl with vegetable oil, or give it a shot of cooking spray before adding the Jello to make it easier to unmold.

Thundermoon99 (author)2013-03-30

I have plans for this

flyingpuppy (author)2013-03-30

Now you're making me wonder what I can put in my gelatin-based fake boobs. Sheesh. 

flyingpuppy (author)2013-03-30

Thanks for the laugh!

loikkonen (author)2013-03-30

Couldn't you just first freeze like an inch of jell-o at the bottom, then place the stapler on that, and fill the rest?

imBobertRobert (author)2011-11-25

ok ok ok. i would normally say "first" on this page since, of course, i would be first, but that would not be nearlly as fun as planning to put my sisters car keys in jello.

kiva22 (author)2011-09-03

Some kids at my school did this to a teacher. :D He was cool about it.

BIO Wolf (author)kiva222011-09-11

Best way to end the year in middle school. Ended up taking the stapler home. XD

Ricefrog (author)2011-09-07

Where is the cheese?I mean, seriosly.TThish should hav had cheese!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111111111111111111111!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111111!1111111

hooflepoof13 (author)2011-08-19

hahahah i love the office me and my sister are tottaly gunna do this

Football viking boy (author)2011-08-17

nice =)

nisoe (author)2011-08-04

LOL i think i´m going to this for halloween green pudding with a arm inside!!! >D

elliotstewfus (author)2011-04-02

HAHA i did this to my sister on april fools day. it was hilarious, especially because instead of a stapler i used her toothpaste tube!(:

overblast (author)elliotstewfus2011-04-03

That was funny! Too bad my sister lives far away...... Though one time I did wall her in her room at night by weaving newspapers in front of her door....

Win Guy (author)overblast2011-05-15

Wow! How do you do that?
 Win Guy

overblast (author)Win Guy2011-05-15

Take the newspaper sections and flatten them.
Tape sections together to make longer sections.
Tape verticals first to top and bottom of door frame.
Weave horizontals starting at bottom.
Tape horizontals to left and right door frame.

Wake her up by pouding on the wall and calling her name.

Peaches! (author)2011-04-18

Awesome! Thank you!

zippydaspinhead (author)2011-04-11

My brother's coworkers took his coffee cup and the letters from his office keyboard that spell his name and put them in an ENTIRE tote of jello. 44 pounds of jello. I saw the pics it was GREAT.

CluainnFhada (author)2011-04-04

If someone did this to me, i would probably still eat the Jello, to liberate me stapler, and cause jello's yummy.

jennie92248 (author)CluainnFhada2011-04-09

i agree i LOVE JELLO

chicopluma (author)2011-04-08

be carefull with your tongue unless you want a piercing hahaha

Foxfur (author)2011-04-07

Mom cast a naked barbie doll in a shoebox sized tank of jello. She brought it to an acid party (1968) and everybody thought it was weird. I thought it was the coolest thing ever! I love you, Mom!

sitzikbs (author)2011-04-05

Great one! cant wait to play it on my boss...

dmnhunt3r (author)sitzikbs2011-04-06

well you can kiss your job goodbye :P

siriradha (author)2011-04-05

I once took a fetal pig in lime jello to a potluck. Really.

steveandkate (author)2011-04-03

I did this for an April Fool's Day prank for one of my co-workers, substituting a Leatherman for the stapler (Pearl Jam's "Better Man"--"Can't find my Leatherman" provided the theme music for the unveiling). As my birthday is April Fool's Day, a good prank is de rigueur. I used the recommended 12 boxes of lime jello. I think 6 may have sufficed. The drawback to flavored jello versus gelatin is the more you use, the more opaque the jello becomes. Perhaps lime wasn't the best choice.

bo88y (author)steveandkate2011-04-03

Jello has so many possibilities. A friend once ate a whole batch of lime Jello with sardines in it on a bet.

aleceatsfood (author)2011-04-03

nice I love the office as you can probly see by my picture!!! =D

dreamberry (author)2011-04-02

Things in jello is cool. I saw "dead babydoll in blue jello" done in a 10 gallon aquarium years ago. That was awesome. Same place had chicken on a rope. A good prank might be adding Knox to the coffee carafe, or filling it with pudding maybe? Hmm.. where else can I put pudding?

menahunie (author)dreamberry2011-04-03

I did the "pudding" prank one time and used chocolate pudding in the bathroom stall. Don't get any in the water as it will give it away. I also used that stink in a bottle; one little squirt did the trick.
I started with a trail going into the stall giving anyone who came in and saw it a foreboding mindset.
Thing is don't go crazy when doing it and put allot of it all over; then it isn't funny.
After a while the office figured out what it really was - pudding.
They called the custodian and told them what happened. You could hear the guy start to swear when they opened the bathroom door and saw what was there waiting for them.
The office started laughing and I am sure coffee went out a few noses on that one. They did never figure out who did it.
Of course after a while the phantom joker struck again. Using the paper from a toilet paper roll un roll it; shred it in water, let sit for a while then grab a handful and squeeze it and put it on the seat. Looks like a turd...

vincent7520 (author)2011-04-03

I feel this is a quite dangerous prank : someone may hurt himself when his teeth catch on the stapler ! …
Of course, unless you put a "warning" sign embed with the stapler.

Why not ?…

mr.squeakers (author)2011-04-03

i love the office thanks this is hilarious

dowtchaboy (author)2011-04-03

But what if the prankee is on a staple diet???

Kasm279 (author)2011-04-03

I like the Studio LCD display in the past pic of step 5

Reesol (author)2011-04-03

Great job gotta love the office

aeid (author)2011-04-03

Ahahaha!! That was glorious! Thank you.

star folder (author)2011-04-03

Jell-O inside a bell will frustrate the bell ringer!

FreaknSweet (author)2011-04-03

Works great for keys as well.

overblast (author)2011-04-03

But have they tried mixing staplers and food?

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